Monday, 4 November 2013

How To : Install/Upgrade to VirtualBox 4.3.2 in Ubuntu/Linux Mint

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.2 is released! This tutorial will guide you to install or upgrade to VirtualBox 4.3.2 in Ubuntu Linux, Linux Mint and their derivatives.

What's New..?

  • VMM: fixed restoring of the auxiliary TSC MSR in VT-x that caused host BSODs on Windows 8.1 hosts and unpredictable behavior on other hosts
  • VMM: provide fake values for a couple of MSRs to make more guests happy on certain hosts
  • VMM: fixed detection of VT-x on certain machines where the BIOS would not set the VMX LOCK feature bit, which affected the VM settings in the GUI
  • VMM: fixed TPR threshold which caused BSODs on Windows XP guests that use the I/O APIC
  • VMM: fixed PATM saved state incompatibility for software virtualized VMs
  • VMM: don't fail if AMD-V isn't available if the VM is configured to use software virtualization
  • GUI: fixed guest resize breakage on visual representation mode change (when switching from normal to fullscreen etc)
  • GUI: make sure the guest screen is resized after restoring a VM from a saved state if the host screen size changed
  • GUI: disabled SCROLL LED sync from HID LEDs synchronization (Mac OS X hosts only)
  • Webcam passthrough improvements including GUI support (see the manual for more information)
  • Guest Control: implemented more IGuestSession methods
  • Guest Control: added support for deleting and renaming guest files + directories in VBoxManage
  • Guest Control: various bugfixes
  • API: incorrect handling of hardware UUID default value, resulting in an all zero DMI/SMBIOS UUID, which leads to Windows requesting re-activation
  • 3D support: fixed crash on shutdown if 2D video acceleration is enabled (Mac OS X hosts only)
  • 3D support: miscellaneous fixes and many more...


You can select and download an appropriate package for your distribution here and install them.

You can also execute some commands in Terminal to install VirtualBox 4.3.2 as follows:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [VERSION] contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

In the above commands, just replace [VERSION] field by appropriate Linux version as follows:
  • saucy for Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander and Linux Mint 16 Petra
  • raring for Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail, Linux Mint 15 Olivia and Pear OS 8
  • quantal Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal, Linux Mint 14 Nadia and Pear OS 7
  • precise Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 13 Maya and Elementary OS 0.2 Luna
  • lucid Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.3


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